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Source: Legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox in hospital after suffering stroke

The 77-year-old was admitted on Tuesday evening, according to a source connected with the Braves.

ATLANTA (AP) — Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, the Atlanta Braves former longtime manager, has been admitted into an Atlanta-area hospital after suffering a suspected stroke, a source tells 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger.

The 77-year-old Cox was admitted on Tuesday evening, according to a source connected with the Braves.

Braves manager Brian Snitker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he reached out to Cox's family and was "very concerned" but couldn't share details of his condition. 11Alive confirmed later that Cox underwent surgery and was "doing well."

Statements from both family and the Atlanta Braves thanked the baseball community for their support. 

“We want to thank all of you who have sent their well wishes or said a prayer," the Cox family said in a statement. "We know the power of Braves Country and we hope those prayers and positive thoughts continue as Bobby heals. You don’t know how much your support means to Bobby and to our family.”

The Braves echoed that sentiment, adding, "We know no one stronger or more determined than Bobby Cox.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers.  We look forward to seeing him soon and would like to thank the baseball community for joining together to support our dear friend."

Cox had just donned a Braves jersey while shouting "play ball!" before the first pitch of Monday night's home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

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Cox ranks fourth all-time with 2,504 wins in 29 years as a manager, including 25 years in two stints with the Braves and four years with Toronto.

Cox led the Braves to 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005, including the 1995 World Series title.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.